The Lion's Game Book Summary and Study Guide

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On April 15, 1986 The United States bombed the city of Al Azziziyah, Libya. On that same night, Asad Khalil found his entire family dead in the rubble. From that moment on, Khalil dedicated his life to getting revenge on the United States for killing his family. The United States soon learns that it has created a foe with the cunning of a lion and all the bloodlust of a man.
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John Corey is a former NYPD Homicide Detective, now working as a contract agent for the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force. Trans-Continental Flight 175 out of Paris is transporting Asad Khalil, Libyan terrorist, to JFK Airport. When Flight 175 arrives, all 300 souls on board are dead, and Asad Khalil is missing in action.

Now, Task Force contract agent John Corey, together with his beautiful new partner, Kate Mayfield begin to follow a trail of smoke and blood across the country in pursuit of Asad Khalil. As the death toll rises each day, Corey and Mayfield embark on a journey that leads them from Washington DC to Los Angeles, and finally to the home of one of America's most beloved leaders. The Lion is on a journey to avenge the deaths of his entire family, and it is up to John Corey and Kate Mayfield to stop him.

The review of this Book prepared by Jason King

A young Libyan comes to America to avenge the death of his family. His family was killed during the 1986 bombing raid of Libya by American Air Force pilots.
The review of this Book prepared by Shaun

When a Libyan teenager's family are killed by US airstrikes he comes back for revenge no longer a teenager but as a terrorist and tries to assassinate Ronald Reagan; but cop and anti-hero John Corey trying to prevent this disaster is always one step behind until the very end. A superb read until a disappointing end.
The review of this Book prepared by Richard McReynolds

Terrorist killing machine out to seek revenge on the United States government for an air raid bombing attack on Libya in 1986. The story flips back and forth between the terrorists point of view and the hero/FBI point of view. I somewhat sympathized with the terrorist which I think was DeMille's goal. Overall the book is very good, but DeMille should stay away from the love scenes. Not only can't he write them with any flair but they add nothing to the plot. I wasn't particularly fond of the ending....if you can call it that.
The review of this Book prepared by Nancy Hochman

This is a remarkable book. The main character and the antagonist are going head to head in chapter after chapter. It is a race to see who can find the other first.
The review of this Book prepared by Eileen Frank

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   arabs and/or muslims

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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